2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn Unveil

OpenRoad unveils “sexiest Rolls ever built” at Vancouver launch of the

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

VANCOUVER, B.C. (November 17, 2015) – Striking, sleek and sensuous. Those were just some of the words guests at the Vancouver unveiling of the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn used to describe the iconic manufacturer’s latest luxury model. Designed to appeal to a new generation of Rolls-Royce owners, the elegant four-seat drop head coupe remarkably balances the brand’s heritage with contemporary desirability to produce a car that Rolls-Royce describes as the “sexiest Rolls ever built”.

“As it’s name suggests, the Dawn symbolizes a new era for Rolls-Royce – one that is fresh, sophisticated and modern while embracing the brand’s reputation as the pinnacle of opulence,” said Dimitri Kotsalis, General Manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver. “We’re seeing a lot of renewed interest in Rolls-Royce and with the launch of the Dawn, we’ve already witnessed an influx of younger customers who are not only attracted to the brand, but are also enticed by the style and performance of this car.”

According to Rolls-Royce, the demographic of the average Rolls owner has changed dramatically over the last decade. The average age of a Rolls owner is now said to be in their mid-40s and span the spectrum of professions, from real estate moguls and investment bankers to successful lawyers and construction company owners. The company also claims it’s witnessing a growing number of female buyers. Since 2003, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced new models like the Wraith and Phantom in an effort to appeal to the growing number of younger buyers.

The Dawn’s distinguishing features include its sleek and elegant design, which from the rear is said to reflect the contours of the female form. Unlike its competitors, the Rolls-Royce Dawn offers two full rear seats, holding four adult passengers comfortably for the ultimate sociable driving experience. Rolls-Royce also claims it is the quietest convertible ever made, with an ultra-hushed folding mechanism known as the “Silent Ballet” that can stow the roof in 22 seconds at speeds up to 32 mph. The elegant convertible boasts some of the most advanced technology, including a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen operated by the latest version of the Spirit of Ecstasy controller, a multi-way joystick complete with a finger-swipe gesture pad that can interpret various languages, including Arabic and Mandarin. Among the other high tech gadgets is a night-vision system that detects the heat signatures of pedestrians and animals; radar-based cruise control with start/stop; adaptive anti-dazzle LED headlamps; and a GPS-enabled eight-speed automatic transmission that anticipates the road ahead for optimal gear shifts. As for the engine, the Dawn is powered by Rolls’ 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine, giving an impressive 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.

The OpenRoad unveiling was held during an exclusive event on November 12th at the Steel Toad Brewery and Dining Hall. Official pricing will be announced on November 24th but the expected started price will be in the $400,000 range. The Dawn is set to arrive in Vancouver in the Spring 2016.

For more information about the Dawn, visit https://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/en-GB/dawn.html


About OpenRoad Auto Group

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C’s largest volume dealership group representing 14 brands at 16 dealerships in Vancouver, Richmond, Port Moody and Langley. OpenRoad has earned a reputation as a people-first organization with recent Top 10 Best Employer (2016), Best Managed Company (Deloitte 2014) and CADA Innovator of the Year Laureate (2012) awards. The team at OpenRoad prides itself on offering a superior new and pre-owned selection of quality automotive brands while providing a premium car buying and ownership experience for each and every customer. www.openroadautogroup.com

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OpenRoad and CARPROOF Announce Strategic Partnership

OpenRoad Auto Group and CARPROOF Announce Strategic Partnership Aimed at Innovations to Make the Used Car Buying Experience Fun for Consumers

LONDON, ON, Nov 12, 2015 – OpenRoad Auto Group and CARPROOF Corporation are proud to announce their new innovation partnership aimed at making the used car buying experience easy, transparent and FUN!

Launched in 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group is one of the largest, most innovative and fastest growing automotive retail groups in Canada. The company has over 750 associates that represent 14 new car brands and over 450 used vehicles throughout 16 locations in British Columbia.

“At OpenRoad, our goal is to take the used car buying experience to the next level by making the process easier and more transparent while continuing to provide the best service and value for our customers,” said Mark Lin, SVP & COO at OpenRoad. “We’re thrilled to partner with CARPROOF, Canada’s most trusted company for vehicle history reports to bring new tools and insight to all of our dealerships which will enhance our processes and demonstrate our commitment to providing a superior experience in our pre-owned departments.”

London, Ontario-based CARPROOF is the gold standard in used vehicle information and defines its mission as providing insight through information to help its partners change the way used vehicles are bought, sold and managed.

OpenRoad provides a CARPROOF Vehicle History Report on every car they sell, and is currently piloting CARPROOF’s Vehicle Valuation Report as an appraisal tool to drive transparency and confidence in the trade-in process.

CARPROOF and OpenRoad plan to jointly conduct extensive consumer research to define the next generation used car buying experience. “We’re excited to see where this partnership could lead,” says Ed Woiteshek, CARPROOF’s President and CEO. “OpenRoad is the number one automobile retail group in BC. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them to develop ideas that may define the path ahead in the used car industry.” CARPROOF has partnered with Birchwood Automotive Group and Group Park Avenue to conduct similar ground breaking work in other provinces.

OpenRoad and CARPROOF are both great Canadian success stories and have each been recognized as members of Canada’s Best Managed companies since 2012. To find an OpenRoad location, please visit https://openroadautogroup.com/ and for more information about CARPROOF, visit www.carproof.com.
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About OpenRoad Auto Group

In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group formed to offer car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. One of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, CADA Laureate and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards, the OpenRoad team of over 800 associates represents 14 import brands at 16 dealership locations across B.C., Canada. Visit www.openroadautogroup.com.

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About CARPROOF

CARPROOF is Canada’s de facto standard for used vehicle data, providing products and services that create insight through information for the automotive industry. Offering solutions in vehicle history, appraisal, valuation and more, CARPROOF is synonymous with trusted, impartial and comprehensive used vehicle data. CARPROOF’s vehicle history products are used by dealerships, consumers, major auctions, governments, insurance providers and police agencies across Canada to help users buy and sell vehicles with full transparency. CARPROOF’s vehicle valuation portfolio of products includes Canadian Red Book, which is the leading brand in government and insurance verticals for vehicle values, and other products like its upcoming launch of a next-generation VIN-specific valuation tool that is expected to change the way vehicles are bought and sold in Canada. Based in London, Ont. and founded in 2000, CARPROOF has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, and was also honoured with Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 50™ and Fast 500™ awards. For more information about CARPROOF, visit www.carproof.com.

Connect with CARPROOF on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.

For further information:

Karim Hemani Vice-President, Consumer Vertical and Strategic Marketing 

CARPROOF®

1.866.835.8612 ext. 2849

karim@carproof.com

OpenRoad solidifies reputation as one of the Best Employers in Canada

OpenRoad solidifies reputation as one of the Best Employers in Canada

For the fifth time, B.C.’s largest volume dealership group earns top spot in Aon Hewitt survey

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Employees love to work at OpenRoad. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by Aon Hewitt, which evaluated employee engagement and satisfaction at 236 Canadian companies. For the fifth time, OpenRoad Auto Group earned a spot on the Best Employers in Canada list, ranking in the top 25 percent and placing in the Platinum Employer category.

“It is a great honour to be recognized once again as a top Canadian employer. It certainly validates our efforts to ensure our employees are satisfied,” said Christian Chia, President and CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “We know our employees are critical to our success so we made a commitment many years ago to invest in programs we believed would attract and retain top talent, while keeping our employees happy and productive. Our consistently high scores in this annual survey must mean that we’re doing something right.”

According to the survey results, employees at OpenRoad Auto Group reported high levels of engagement in all categories, citing examples like strong internal communications, fun employee events and specialized programs that support skills training and professional development. Employees also referred to OpenRoad Hearts, an innovative peer-to-peer recognition app that allows employees to use their smartphones to send and receive hearts for going above and beyond the call of duty. Since the app was launched in 2013, there have been over 7,000 individual engagements with links to OpenRoad’s social media feeds where employees and customers can comment and provide positive feedback.

Conducted by Aon Hewitt, a global firm specializing in human resource solutions, the 2016 list of the Best Employers in Canada was compiled based on responses from nearly 625,000. Employees at participating firms were surveyed on engagement (whether they feel motivated at work), performance culture (whether success is rewarded), leadership (whether executives treat their team as valued assets) and employment brand (whether they are proud to work at the company). According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”. They speak positively about their employer to others, are committed to staying with their current employer and are motivated by their organization’s leaders and culture to go above and beyond to contribute to business success. On average, 80% of employees were engaged at Platinum Level Best employers this year.

Other industry-leading companies that made the Best Employers in Canada list along with OpenRoad are Federal Express Canada, Intact Insurance Corporation, Delta Hotels and Resorts, PCL Constructors, Keg Restaurants Ltd., Marriot International, Edward Jones and Purdy’s Chocolatier. To view the complete list of the 2016 Best Employers in Canada, click here.

About OpenRoad Auto Group

OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C’s largest volume dealership group representing 14 brands at 16 dealerships in Vancouver, Richmond, Port Moody and Langley. OpenRoad has earned a reputation as a people-first organization with recent Top 10 Best Employer (2016), Best Managed Company (Deloitte 2014) and CADA Innovator of the Year Laureate (2012) awards. The team at OpenRoad prides itself on offering a superior new and pre-owned selection of quality automotive brands while providing a premium car buying and ownership experience for each and every customer. www.openroadautogroup.com
 

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Porsche Centre Langley Grand Opening Press Release

OpenRoad Showcases Porsche’s Iconic Heritage and Premium Culture at the Grand Opening of Porsche Centre Langley. More than 400 VIP guests attended the marquee celebration which featured a spectacle of live stallion horses, interactive staging elements, and an exclusive performance by Juno-award winning artist, LIGHTS.

OpenRoad Auto Group named one of Canada’s Best Managed companies

Requalification gives OpenRoad exclusive category designation after three consecutive wins.

VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 10, 2015) – OpenRoad Auto Group is once again honoured to be named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015 for excellence in business performance. OpenRoad first won the award in 2012 and then again in 2013 & 2014, and has now requalified to maintain the Best Managed company status this year. The designation makes OpenRoad the only BC company in its category to receive the prestigious award three years in a row.

Sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, the Best Managed award recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million for sustained growth, financial performance, management practices and the efforts of the entire organization.

“I would like to congratulate OpenRoad Auto Group and its entire workforce on their requalification as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Achieving this standard of excellence takes a united effort from a dedicated team, said Peter Brown, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and Senior Practice Partner, Deloitte.“ Best Managed companies achieve success because they have a clear vision and lead teams that are committed to growth and profitability.

In the competitive automotive category, OpenRoad Auto Group continues to demonstrate leadership in the areas of growth, profitability, and innovation by employing new technologies and programs that improve the overall customer experience and maintain one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry. In 2014, OpenRoad acquired Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the BMW Store and Yaletown Mini. 2014 also saw the opening of Porsche Centre Langley, making the OpenRoad BC’s largest volume dealership group representing 12 import automotive brands at 15 dealerships.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs that recognizes Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel on how they address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management, leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.

“It is a great honour to be recognized once again with this prestigious award,” said Christian Chia, President and CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “Our team has worked hard to set a new standard for excellence in the automotive industry and we look forward to raising bar even higher with some exciting new initiatives we’ll be unveiling later this year.”

2014 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, along with the Gold Standard winners, Requalified and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on March 31, 2015. On the same date, the symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

A complete list of Best Managed winners, Requalified winners, Gold Standard winners, Gold Standard requalified winners and Platinum Club winners is available here: https://www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca/en/meetourwinners/Pages/Home.aspx


About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation. Companies may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review; 4) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information visit http://www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca

About OpenRoad Auto Group

In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group formed to offer car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, CADA Laureate and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards, OpenRoad is the largest volume dealership group in British Columbia with a team of over 800 associates representing 12 import brands at 15 dealership locations. Visit www.openroadautogroup.com.


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